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South Lebanon: Lost in Translation

South Lebanon: Lost in Translation


July 31, 2006 – The top Associated Press headline on July 12, 2006 read ‘Hezbollah Captures 2 Israeli Soldiers’.  This headline has served as the U.S. justification and Israeli rationalization for invading Lebanon once again.  What has been lost in translation by the deceitful U.S. media conglomeration is the central fact that Hezbollah captured the Israeli soldiers on Lebanese soil.  This is a colossal point that cannot be ignored unless you insist on being blind.  The Israeli tank destroyed by Hezbollah on July 12, 2006, and the 2 Israeli soldiers captured (not kidnapped), had trespassed into Lebanon’s side of the border with Israel[1].  


The location in which the Israeli soldiers were captured is highly relevant to the current crisis in Lebanon.  But rather than focusing on the provocation, the U.S. Congress ignored the fact that an Israeli tank illegally crossed into Lebanon, and instead, passed House Resolution 921 by a vote of 410-8, condemning the recent attacks against the State of Israel, holding terrorists and their state-sponsors accountable for such attacks, Israel’s right to defend itself, and for other purposes. 


It is exactly this sort of insufferable duplicity coming out of Washington DC that has severely diminished the reputation of the United States of America around the world.  Israel violated international law by crossing into Lebanon in a tank, and the U.S. Congress passes a resolution condemning the recent attacks against the State of Israel?  It is assumed that the U.S. Congress was condemning the Hezbollah rockets being fired into Israel, but can the fools on the hill honestly use the Hezbollah rockets as their starting point when the actual sequence of events look something like this:


  • An Israeli tank crosses into southern Lebanon
  • Hezbollah attacks the tank and captures two Israeli soldiers
  • Israel sends more troops into southern Lebanon to retrieve the captured Israeli soldiers
  • Hezbollah fires rockets at the onslaught of Israeli forces and into northern Israel
  • Israel unleashes a bombardment of Lebanon


Reuters reported on July 12, 2006 that Hezbollah said it had destroyed an Israeli tank that had entered Lebanon.[2]  The Israeli army confirmed that two Israeli soldiers had been captured on the Lebanese frontier.  Forbes published the Associated Press article, which reported that the militant group Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers during clashes Wednesday across the border in southern Lebanon.[3]


Americans curious to understand why this key piece of information has been glossed over or completely ignored in the United States need to look no further than the criminal outfit known as the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).  AIPAC is decidedly criminal because it operates tax-free as it repeatedly violates Federal Election Commission laws in the United States.  (See AIPAC refused to open its financial records to FEC investigators)  AIPAC is also suspected of treason.  (See Iran: The Next War)


On July 20, 2006 AIPAC issued a press release applauding passage of congressional resolutions backing Israel.  Packed with misleading and false statements, the AIPAC press release said:


“The House and Senate recognize that Israel has been forced to respond to unprovoked attacks and, like the United States and all sovereign nations, has the right and duty to defend its citizens.  Congress has called for the immediate and unconditional release of the kidnapped Israeli soldiers and has backed Israel’s efforts to deter further aggression by Hizbollah and Hamas.”


“Congress recognizes the destabilizing role the governments of Syria and Iran have played in the region.  The resolutions condemn those governments for their continued support of terrorist organizations and call upon the President to bring the full force of U.S. financial, diplomatic and economic sanctions against these state sponsors of terror.” 


And there it is – Syria and Iran.  By the way the U.S. media has been playing this story, you’d think that Syria and Iran had invaded Israel, rather than Israel invading Lebanon.  Oh, how the pro-Zionist neo con does love deception!  The fact is that the armed conflict in southern Lebanon today is actually about the ruling elites’ imperialistic and insatiable appetite for war, and its desperate and uncontrollable lust for invading Iran, if not both Iran and Syria.  Hezbollah and the captured Israeli soldiers are mere distractions meant to hide from the American people, the covert strategies and operations already underway to facilitate the invasion of Iran. 


The only missing piece at this point is selling the invasion of Iran to the American people.  Knowing that they most likely cannot get away with another false flag terror-style event like 9/11 again because nearly half the population of the United States now suspects that the twin towers collapsed as the result of something other than what the government claims, the neo con has decided to tap into America’s blind and distorted perception of the Zionist state.


Another fact is that that AIPAC doesn’t applaud the U.S. Congress. AIPAC controls Congress.  Few indeed are the members of the U.S. Congress that would dare say anything that might suggest the truth – that Israel is as much of the problem in the Middle East as any other nation in the region.  Please understand; AIPAC has the power to destroy the reputation of our elected officials through distortion and deception.  America needs to take away that power because it’s just not fair to the people of this nation or the world.  AIPAC makes or breaks a politician.  Consequently, the U.S. Congress is, for the most part, made up of vote getters instead of statesmen.  The State of the Union reflects this fact, and so does the vote count on House Resolution 921. 


I mean really!  Only 8 members of a 435-member body saw fit to hold back on a resolution based on erroneous information?  Only 8 members of the House of Representatives represent districts in which the will of the people is calling for a more even-handed approach towards Israel and the Middle East?  It doesn’t seem possible, does it?  Call it what you will, but the Muckraker Report calls the power AIPAC wields – occupation of the U.S. Congress and U.S. foreign policy, extortion of our elected officials, and treason against the United States.


What the U.S. Congress needs to become again is an assembly that is Zionist neutral.  Until the American people break out of the confines of pro-Israel / anti-Israel or pro-Zionist / anti-Zionist racist classifications and demonstrate neutrality towards the State of Israel, our wealth and blood will continue to be spilt on behalf of a state that is as culpable as the rest in the Middle East of crimes against nature and humanity.  After all, Apartheid is Apartheid, whether in South Africa or Gaza.  To stand for one having condemned the other makes the U.S. government hypocrites or hostages of Zionism.  Neither is in the best interest of the American people. 


Write your elected officials today and tell them you want them to be Zionist neutral and even-handed in the Arab-Israeli conflict that has, for all practical purposes, existed since the Zionist state forcefully emerged in Palestine on May 15, 1948. 


[1] Asia Times, It’s war by any other name, Sami Moubayed, July 15, 2006, http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HG15Ak02.html, [Accessed July 29, 2006]

[3] Forbes, Associated Press, Hezbollah Captures 2 Israeli Soldiers, Joseph Panossian, July 12, 2006, http://www.forbes.com/technology/feeds/ap/2006/07/12/ap2873051.html, [Accessed July 30, 2006]

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